The Chicago Cubs are 60-101 with one game remaining in the 2012 season after losing two consecutive games to the Houston Astros by the score of 3-0. The Cubs entered the final series of the year with a chance to sweep the Astros to avoid reaching triple-digit losses. Unfortunately it is now the Cubs who are in danger of being swept, as the team's offense failed to score again on Tuesday, October 2. It's possible that Houston's pitching staff is this dominant, or it could be that Chicago's offense thought the season ended in September. Either way, it would be nice to see the Cubs at least score a run in the final game.
On Tuesday Cubs pitchers allowed three runs, although only one was earned. Starter Chris Volstad took the loss, giving him a record of 3-12 this season. However, it was one of Volstad's best outings of the year, as he pitched seven innings, striking out six and walking none. A second-inning Jason Castro home run would've been enough for Houston to win, but I still appreciate the performance from Volstad at the end of the season.
The offense was shut down again, this time by Houston starter Bud Norris, who improved to 7-13 with a 4.65 ERA. The Cubs managed just four hits in the game, with shortstop Starlin Castro collecting two of them. Outfielders Alfonso Soriano and Brett Jackson had one hit each, but Chicago failed to get any kind of rally going. The Cubs combined for eight strikeouts.
While one win does not really mean much at this point, as a true Cubs fan, I will be watching the final game of the season on Wednesday, hoping for a last victory. The Cubs have a lot of work to do in the offseason, and this will be our last chance to see some of the current players in a Cubs uniform.
The Cubs will be sending Travis Wood to the mound. To me, Wood is the most promising of the current active pitchers, and I think he can be a part of this club's future. Wood will get a final chance to build upon his career-high 115 strikeouts. His opponent, Edgar Gonzalez, is 3-1 in five starts with Houston.
Mike Patton is a sports fan who grew up in New Orleans cheering for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Cubs, and LSU Tigers. As a kid in 1987, he made his first trip to Wrigley Field and also slept outside of the Louisiana Superdome to purchase playoff tickets for the Saints' first postseason appearance. Follow Mike on twitter @MikePattonGBS.
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